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Kids These Days

Posted By Andie Hutner On January 30, 2012 @ 12:00 am In Now Hear This! | No Comments

Members of Kids These Days (above). The Chicago-based band will perform at Gargoyle on Wednesday. [1]Courtesy of Kids These Days

Members of Kids These Days (above). The Chicago-based band will perform at Gargoyle on Wednesday.

The Gargoyle
Wed. Feb. 1, 10 p.m. (door at 8 p.m.)

While our grandparents may quietly complain about how different kids these days are from kids back in the day, we don’t expect to hear any complaints from our grandparents about the Chicago-based band Kids These Days, who the Gargoyle and Kuumba TV will bring to campus on Wednesday, Feb. 1.

Take a look at Kids These Days, and you will get the sense that they aren’t your average band. KTD, as the band is popularly referred to, consists of seven members: Liam Cunningham, Lane Beckstrom, Greg Landfair Jr., Macie Stewart, Vic Mensa, Nico Segal and J.P. Floyd. The band members are relatively young, ranging from 17 to 21 years old, but other than that, it seems that all they have in common is a love for eclectic music. Per this point, KTD consists of a rapper, a female vocalist, a blues/rock trio and a horns section. These musical elements don’t really seem to mix, but KTD’s success proves that they must have made it work.

Kids These Days met in high school, when Cunningham and Beckstrom decided to start a jazz/funk band. Soon, they added Segal to the mix, and the band just grew from there. Due to their mix of instruments (both musical and vocal), KTD cannot be classified within one genre. Mensa’s rapping obviously lends a hip-hop vibe to some of the band’s music, whereas Stewart’s classical training leads to more melodic stuff. If you attend the show, be prepared to be surprised by the music mix you will hear. Opening for KTD is local band Rhyme N Reason, making the show even more worthwhile.

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